SP S-11 #1229 on display near W Stewart Park Drive, Roseburg, OR

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SP S-11 #1229, W Stewart Park Drive, Roseburg, OR

#1229 is one of ten Class S-11 0-6-0 switchers built for the Southern Pacific by the Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, OH, in 1914 (#1222-#1231). An oil burner weighing 147,900 lbs, it has 51” drivers and 19” x 26” cylinders. Operating at a boiler pressure of 190 psi, it delivered 29,720 lbs tractive effort. The Vanderbilt tender weighs 138,100 lbs light and has a 7,000 gallon water and 2,940 gallon oil capacity.

#1229 apparently spent most of its working life on the Southern Pacific's Western Division. By 1957, #1229 was in storage in Oakland, CA, and the following year it was donated to the City of Roseburg, OR, where it went on display on W Stewart Park Drive in Stewart Park.

The 0-6-0 was the backbone of switching work from the late 1800s until WWI when the USRA 0-8-0 proved better at handling the increasingly heavy freight loads. Although orders did continue right into the 1940s, 0-6-0s were generally used on lighter duties and in smaller yards. Their small size made them an ideal choices for municipalities that wanted to preserve something of their railroad heritage, and several Southern Pacific examples of the type have survived. You can see some of these on the SP S-10 #1237 page of this website, the SP S-10 #1298, SP S-12 #1258, SP S-14 #1293 and Travel Town pages.

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SP S-11 #1229, The Goat

In 1921, #1229 may have featured briefly in The Goat, a Buster Keaton short (you can see/download this short from http://archive.org/details/TheGoat).

However, there are some anomalies. For example, there are angled piston valves suggesting Stephenson internal valve gear, whereas #1229 now has Walschaert valve gear. The pilot suggests this was a road locomotive, rather than a switcher and, below, the locomotive is coupled to a square tender, rather than a Vanderbilt.

SP S-11 #1229, The Goat
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